September 4, 2005
Words vs. action
Last December the Bush administration unveiled its all-singing, all-dancing National Response Plan—“a true ‘national’ framework in terms of both product and process:”
[The President] directed the development of a new National Response Plan (NRP) to align Federal coordination structures, capabilities, and resources into a unified, all discipline, and all-hazards approach to domestic incident management. This approach is unique and far reaching in that it, for the first time, eliminates critical seams and ties together a complete spectrum of incident management activities to include the prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from terrorism, major natural disasters, and other major emergencies. The end result is vastly improved coordination among Federal, State, local, and tribal organizations to help save lives and protect America's communities by increasing the speed, effectiveness, and efficiency of incident management.
Just nine months later the plan failed in every respect in hurricane Katrina’s wake. So who exactly is going to take responsibility?
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